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BELLEVILLE, IL (KTVI) – A cat barely survives being shot in the face with arrow, and now, a search for whoever shot him is underway.

MoMo stares longingly out the window, anxious to return to the great outdoors.  But not a chance. “I just worry that this might happen again. And obviously somebody did it on purpose, because hitting him in the face, they had to be pretty close,” says Belleville resident Debbie Hayes.
Hayes met the stray cat about three years ago when he showed up on her back porch. Debbie named him MoMo, started feeding him, and the rest is history.  “He comes up every day in the morning and night and eats, and comes in my house,” she says.
But when MoMo walked inside this past Monday, Hayes was sickened by what she saw.  Gesturing to a thick, black arrow, she says, “That’s when I saw this sticking out of his face.  It went in below his eye, and then it grazed his skull and came out back here.”
She rushed the cat to an emergency clinic, where vets skillfully removed the arrow.  Belleville Animal Clinic Veterinarian Lindsay Awsumb explains, “We all get into this field to help animals, and do the best that we can for them, and that’s a really heartbreaking side of the job for sure.”
Hayes adds, “One more inch, either way, would’ve killed him. So they fixed him up, and gave us back the arrow.”
Now, the Villa Madero subdivision resident is hoping that this piece of evidence, likely shot from a handheld crossbow, could help find the culprit: “He only roams maybe a block and a half in each direction. So he doesn’t go far, so that tells me where it happened is not too far from my house.”
If you’d like to help out with costs associated with MoMo’s recovery, click here: https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/62c5/morris-medical-donations
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